FPL Plans More Wind Energy for Oklahoma

A Florida Power and Light wind energy project planned for Oklahoma will need some help from a federal production tax credit (PTC) for the wind energy industry if the turbines are ever to catch the state’s breezes. The PTC expired at the end of 2003, and FPL is waiting for Congress to extend the credit before they can begin work.

Juno Beach, Florida – June 29, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] FPL Energy said they will build, own and operate the Weatherford Wind Energy Center, which will be a 106 MW wind farm. They plan to sell the electricity output to Public Service Company of Oklahoma under a long-term contract. The new wind farm should have up to 71 1.5 MW wind turbines on more than 3,800 acres near Weatherford in Custer County, and could provide enough electricity to power more than 31,000 homes. FPL owns one other wind farm in the state. In 2003, the company began commercial operation at the 102-megawatt Oklahoma Wind Energy Center located near Woodward in northwest Oklahoma. “The Weatherford project represents another important milestone in the disciplined growth of our wind portfolio and will be an excellent complement to our existing assets in the region,” said Jim Robo, president of FPL Energy. “We are pleased to be bringing an additional source of clean, renewable power to Oklahoma and look forward to partnering with Public Service Company of Oklahoma on this project.
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